Distinguished Speaker Series Webinar: Private and Institutional Investment in Urban Infrastructure
31 July 2020
Speaker: Weiping Wu
Affiliation: Columbia University
Time: 10:30–11:30 (Tokyo time)
This ADBI-Asian Development Bank Urban Sector Group webinar featured Wu Weiping of Columbia University who discussed the bridging of infrastructure investment demand and the interests of private and institutional investors. Wu examined private investment participation over time across four infrastructure sectors – energy, telecommunications, transport, and water and sewage – in the People’s Republic of China and compared it with that in other emerging economies including Brazil, Chile, India, the Russian Federation, South Africa, and Turkey. Drawing upon this analysis and in-depth interviews with domestic and global investors, Wu assessed the implications for private and institutional investment in different infrastructure sectors.
About the Speaker
Weiping Wu is Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Director of its Master of Science in Urban Planning program. She is also on the faculty of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Columbia Population Research Center. Before joining Columbia University in 2016, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Wu’s research and teaching focuses on urban dynamics in developing countries, particularly the People’s Republic of China and with a specialization in migration, housing, and infrastructure issues in Chinese cities.